May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm (Meditation, Mind, Yoga)
Tags: Laraine Herring
When I am determined to sit in quiet meditation or engage in a meditative session of Yin yoga, the bombardment of thoughts that come rushing at me, more often than not, catches me off-guard. When I am busy I am hardly aware of my thoughts, and I often fool myself into believing that I do not have that many distracting or negative thoughts. That is until I place my body in a position of complete stillness and close my eyes. A sudden rush of awareness reveal thoughts that come in a variety of shapes and sizes that vie for my attention. It is then, that I have to remind myself of the following:
“Don’t become a prisoner of your thoughts, and likewise don’t attempt to master them. They come and they go. They’ll always come and go. Let them. When you hang on to a thought, you’re breaking the flow of that thought’s path. You’re keeping it from doing what it is designed to do – arise, pass through, and disappear. Make no mistake; you hold the thought. The thought does not hold you.”
- Laraine Herring -
May 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm (Breathing)
Tags: Bhava Ram, breathing, yoga
“Breathing is an exchange between our inner world and the outer world. It is a flow of the masculine and feminine, receiving and giving, a dance of body, soul and Spirit as one. It is, in essence, a perpetual celebration of life.”
- Bhava Ram -
I often forget to breathe fully and deeply, especially when I encounter stressful situations or when I am simply not paying attention, but when I do catch myself engaging in shallow breathing, I close my eyes and take a couple of deep, calming breaths. Not only does it help to centre me, but I am reminded that my breath is a gift of precious, fleeting life.
May 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm (Philosophy, Yoga)
Tags: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Click on the link below for fantastic advice from a great master:
Your state of peace & joy is the quality of your life
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is a yogi, mystic and spiritual master. He founded Isha Foundation, a non profit, non religious, public service organization which addresses all aspects of human wellbeing.
May 3, 2013 at 9:53 am (Thoughts)
Tags: William Alexander
“If you were doomed to live the same life over and over again for eternity, would you choose the life you are living now? The question is interesting enough, but I’ve always thought the point of asking it is really the unspoken, potentially devastating follow-up question. That is, if the answer is no, then why are you living the life you are living now? Stop making excuses, and do something about it.”
- William Alexander -
April 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm (Yoga)
Tags: awareness, travel, yoga
Yoga, to me, is all about awareness. Once one becomes aware of one’s own thoughts, prejudices and behaviour patterns, it is much easier to celebrate and choose the life that one wants. Traveling through different cultures, and being confronted by people doing things differently from us, is always a perfect opportunity to practice yoga through awareness. It is an ideal opportunity to grow and expand our own values and beliefs.
“. . . if you pay attention when you travel, you will experience an inner journey that can match or even surpass your geographic journey.”
- Mike O’Mary -
April 21, 2013 at 10:36 am (Yoga)
Tags: Laraine Herring, The Writing Warrior
Writing, when it brings awareness into our lives, is most definitely also a way of practising yoga. In her wonderful book The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice, Laraine Herring says the following about the stories we write:
“Your stories about yourself, whether about home, family, or missed opportunities, are nestled in your bones. They inform your choices and they create your limitations. Each time you write your story, you move it. It becomes a little less solidified, a little more fluid. Each time you put pen to paper, you revise your story, releasing a little bit, reconstructing a little bit, looking at yourself through the lens of yourself today. Each time you write your story, you make more room in your physical and emotional bodies. When you know what stories you’re carrying, you’re less likely to make present choices based on past experience. You’re less likely to avoid potential experiences based on past fears and disappointments.”
April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am (General)
Tags: This pretty planet, Tom Chapin
“This pretty planet” is a simple, yet profound song that touches my heart every time I hear it. Written by Tom Chapin and John Forrester, it is the song that re-plays itself in my heart at the moment.
This pretty planet spinning through space
You’re a garden, you’re a harbour
You’re a holy place
Golden Sun going down
Gentle blue giant, spin us around
All through the night
Safe till the morning light.
Listen to this beautiful song here.
April 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm (Thoughts)
Tags: Paulo Coelho
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms.”
From: Manuscript found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
March 29, 2013 at 7:00 am (Thoughts)
Tags: stories, Suzanne Paola
Although the book Tell it Slant is a book on writing, I love how Suzanne Paola’s advice is applicable to all our lives:
“Value your own life and the experiences you’ve had: they are priceless. At the same time, learn to love the world you live in. Hike urban streets, mountain trails, or better yet, both. Go to places you’ve never thought of going before; talk to everyone you meet with the assumption that his life is just as interesting as yours. Fall in love, be passionate, and the stories of your time will be yours to tell.”
March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Yoga)
In his book Hell-Bent, Benjamin Lorr describes Bikram’s oldest student, Emmy (83), as: “spine solid as a crowbar when she walks, white hair perpetually pinned up, single pearls on her ears. In her long, tight dresses . . . she introduces you to the concept of octogenarian sexy.” I like this description of her, as I would love to age gracefully, but it is her practical take on yoga, that reminds me of the fact that my yoga journey is a unique path that I create daily through the choices I make.
“I take only the things that fit into my life as a modern Western woman. The yoga is tremendously powerful. But I believe in bliss in this world. I believe in using it to strengthen the self. I drink wine, which is, after all, only fermented grapes. I will enjoy a coffee. I do not think more is better. I do not believe in holding a headstand for hours.”